AT&T iPhone 3G/3GS Users to Get MMS Sept. 25…Finally
AT&T, the exclusive U.S. iPhone wireless carrier, plans to finally enable MMS messaging for its iPhone 3G and 3GS customers on September 25.
By Al Sacco
Managing Editor, CIO
Three months after Apple wowed Mac fans with the iPhone 3GS unveiling–and AT&T simultaneously disappointed the same masses because its iPhone users would not be able to take advantage of one of the devices most-touted features, MMS, or multimedia text messaging–AT&T now says it will enable iPhone MMS on September 25.
“We know many of our iPhone customers are eager for an update on our rollout schedule for Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS). We’ve been working for the past several months to prepare our systems and network to ensure the best possible experience with MMS when it launches–and that launch date is: September 25 for iPhone 3G and 3GS customers. MMS will be enabled through a software update on that day.
We know that iPhone users will embrace MMS. The unique capabilities and high usage of the iPhone’s multimedia capabilities required us to work on our network MMS architecture to carry the expected record volumes of MMS traffic and ensure an excellent experience from Day One. We appreciate your patience as we work toward that end.
Traffic on AT&T’s wireless network has increased by roughly 350 percent year-over-year for the past two years, and there’s no end to that growth in sight, according to the carrier.
And the “software update” AT&T mentions is presumably iPhone OS 3.1.
After Apple unveiled the iPhone 3GS and iPhone OS 3.0, which also supports MMS messaging, AT&T caught quite a bit of criticism from customers and wannabe iPhone users over its decision to block MMS. In fact, AT&T was even sued by some angry customers, though the lawsuits did little to motivation the carrier to enable the feature.
Still missing from the AT&T-iPhone-equation are tethering and Bluetooth file sharing capabilities, both of which could technically be available to current iPhone and iPhone 3GS users, though AT&T still hasn’t enabled them.
Al Sacco was a journalist, blogger and editor who covers the fast-paced mobile beat for CIO.com and IDG Enterprise, with a focus on wearable tech, smartphones and tablet PCs. Al managed CIO.com writers and contributors, covered news, and shared insightful expert analysis of key industry happenings. He also wrote a wide variety of tutorials and how-tos to help readers get the most out of their gadgets, and regularly offered up recommendations on software for a number of mobile platforms. Al resides in Boston and is a passionate reader, traveler, beer lover, film buff and Red Sox fan.